North Korea Fired Projectiles From Around Wonsan: South Korea Military

By Reuters
July 24, 2019 Updated: July 25, 2019

SEOUL— North Korea fired at least two unidentified projectiles early on Thursday, July 25 from an area near Wonsan, on North Korea’s eastern coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The projectiles flew about 430 kilometers (267 miles), the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, but did not elaborate further.

This would be the first launching of projectiles reported since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas at the end of June.

President Donald Trump Visits South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. (Handout/Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images)

North Korea’s last weapons testing was in May, which included both short-range missiles as well as smaller rockets. At the time, Kim oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon—a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and maneuver in flight.

On Tuesday, state news agency KCNA reported Kim inspected a large, newly built submarine, accompanied by missile program leaders. It potentially signaled continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a submarine factory in an undisclosed location, North Korea, in this undated picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 23, 2019. (KCNA via Reuters)

Denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled after a second summit between Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February broke down.

By Joyce Lee